Canon's Grip, and Photographers' Gripe
When Canon first released the official BG-E11 vertical battery grip for the 5D Mark III at $349, many photographers balked at the price and chose to wait for the knock-offs to hit the street. The first to arrive was the Vertax BG-E11 by Pixel; a Chinese manufacturer with a reputation for making some decent third party products. When the Vertax version of the BG-E11 launched at $85 with free shipping from Hong Kong, I jumped on it. At almost one quarter the cost of the Canon grip, I could get the same functionality, albeit in a more fragile plastic assembly. But seeing as I don't abuse my gear, I wasn't too worried about a plastic grip. And heck - even if I did crack or break it, I could replace it two times over before coming close to the cost of the Canon version.
A Sloppy Copy
Soon after receiving the Vertax grip I quickly stumbled upon a big problem: batteries left inside the grip suffered gradual power drain, even with both the grip and the 5D3 powered off. It was bad enough that two batteries would be almost completely drained after 7-8 days in storage. This almost cost me a job when I showed up for a gig and found my camera batteries dead. Luckily my 7D backup was... Read More
With Canon's new full-frame powerhouse, the 5D Mark III, hitting the street this week, there seems to be some confusion about how to open its RAW files in Lightroom. As of today - March 23rd - there is no support for the 5D3's RAW files in Lightroom 3 (LR3) or Lightroom 4 (LR4). Although the new Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 6.7 Beta does support the 5D3 files, most photographers do not want to use Photoshop's direct Camera Raw importer for bulk image processing.
With that said, I'm sharing this "how to" as a stop-gap to help photographers get their 5DmkIII's RAW files into LR4 until a formal update is provided by Adobe Systems. Read More
With the professional photography community hanging on the edge of its seat in anticipation of the 5D Mark III body launch this evening (March 2 in Shanghai), more details are starting to dribble out about this powerhouse - and potential game changer - of a camera body. CanonRumors has just published what appears to be the first complete spec sheet for the 5DmkIII in a new blog post, along with what seem to be real product photos. It also looks like we'll be treated to a 5D3 kit that includes the new 24-70 f/2.8L II lens, in addition to a separate product announcement for a new 590 EX flagship flash. Details on the 5D3 below (credit Canon Rumors):
Don't forget to catch the live stream 5D3 launch tonight at PhotoTips! Read More